By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Alderman-at-large Dan Burchfield is now Eupora’s mayor-elect after winning a three-man race in Tuesday’s general election.
The four-term alderman was elected mayor by garnering 295 votes (41.5 percent), according to complete but unofficial results. Democrat Lamar Dumas followed with 251 votes. Mayor Tommy Lott received 164 votes in his re-election bid.
Burchfield ran as an independent and Lott, who served two terms as mayor, ran as a Republican.
The Board of Aldermen will see a completely new makeup with Burchfield vacating his seat to run for mayor and the defeat of two other incumbents. Aldermen Billy Brister of Ward 2 and Hank Flowers of Ward 4 did not run again.
Gerald C. “Jerry” Gary, administrator at Golden LivingCenter-Eupora and former fire chief, will replace Burchfield on the city board. He was elected alderman-at large with 266 votes (37.4 percent).
The other candidates were Sherman Butler (245 votes) and Chad Winter (200 votes). Gary ran as an independent; Butler as a Democrat and Winter as a Republican.
James Shaw Jr. (independent) will be the new Ward 1 alderman. He received 127 votes (58 percent) while incumbent Vickey Patterson (Democrat) received 92.
In Ward 2, Howard Rumore (independent) was the winner with 69 votes (38 percent). Also running were Republican David Dabbs (64 votes) and Democrat Charles Clark (49 votes).
The city will have to get a new board attorney with the election of Hugh Gibson (independent) as Ward 3 alderman. He received 65 votes (45.7 percent) to defeat incumbent Buster Duvall (34 votes), who was appointed in January; Blake McMullan (27 votes) and Donna Griffin (16 votes).
Robert Gibbs will be the new Ward 4 alderman, having won the Democratic primary in May and running without opposition in the general election.
City election commissioners were to certify the results Wednesday. Nine affidavit ballots were cast and were not expected to affect the outcome of any races. About 43 percent of the city’s registered voters cast ballots in the general election. New city leaders take office July 1.